Tuesday, March 25, 2014
(Detroit, MI) -- The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could decide tomorrow whether to lift or extend a stay on a lower court ruling that found Michigan's prohibition on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Cincinnati-based court on Saturday halted the effect of District Judge Bernard Friedman's decision after a few hundred same-sex marriage licenses were issued. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is appealing the case as he starts a re-election bid, telling reporters that recognizing the earlier marriages is not up to him. The case is similar to one in Utah, where the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction to stop gay marriages after a federal judge ruled that state's ban was unconstitutional.